Sarthak Kataria

M.Sc. Student (2020-2022)


B-tech, Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Cognition to me is

a process that makes perception happen, which includes reasoning, storing and accessing data, attention and searching.

I want to study Cognitive Science because

From an early age, I have been intrigued by the workings of the brain. My curiosity about the world and the realm of science led me to pursue my bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. After completing my graduation, I joined Teach For India Fellowship to help educate young minds. I taught 8th and 9th graders as a science teacher. One of my students once asked, who does all the talking inside the head? I didn’t have an answer to that. I started a discussion in the classroom on this question. Some said it’s the soul; some said it’s us, and some argued that it’s the brain. This question was just the beginning. What is consciousness? How does the physical matter (brain), gives rise to something abstract(mind)? What guides our behavior? What if I train a human to kill, break all the laws, would it still be his/her fault if he/she commits a crime? Are all criminals just trained differently? Is there any free will? I chose cognitive science to find answers to these questions. I think that I would be able to make a significant contribution to the field.

Any specific domain of interest in Cognitive Science

Artificial Intelligence

In future I see Cognitive Science

helping to improve AI to an extent that it would be able to predict human behavior with high precision. In distant future, I believe it will extend human physical abilities beyond normal human limitations by mechanical elements built into the body.

Research interests or other future plans

I plan to pursue a PhD in Cognitive Science.

In my leisure time, I love to 

try my hand at new things like a musical instrument, or a new sport, skill or anything that stimulates me.

Wanna add something about yourself or your interests?

I believe that free will is a myth, period. It’s time we rethink our perception of the right/wrong.